Other common names: ISA Brown; Hubbard Brown; Hubbard ISA
Sex-linkable chickens are cross-bred chickens whose color at hatching is differentiated by sex. The Brown Sex-Link Chicken is any sex-link chicken in which hens hatch brown in color. Brown Sex-Link Chickens are typically a cross between a Rhode Island Red rooster, and a White Plymouth Rock hen or Rhode Island White hen.
Varieties (Single Comb): Hens are brown with white flecking. Roosters are white with brown flecking.
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Weight: 5 - 8 lbs
Personality: Sweet and easy to handle.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
Sex link chickens are very adaptable to non-cage operations and forage well. The hens start laying around five months of age, and can lay up to 320 eggs in their first year. After their first year of laying, hens slow down in production and are usually replaced by younger hens.
Hybrid breeds are more likely to succumb to illness. It is often recommend to keep hybrid chicks on medicated starter, and vaccinate them for Mareks and Infectious Bronchitis.
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ISA Browns are a type of sex-link chicken popular in Australia as great egg layers. In my experience, ISA brown hens really are fantastic layers. They lay beautiful big brown eggs every day and they are easy to care for. Our hens are happy to feed on grain and vegetable scraps. They also love to forage around the garden for worms—their biggest fault is that they like to dig up garden beds and can make a bit of a mess of them. We’ve always found that after a day of foraging around the yard and close paddocks, they are relatively easy to round up back to their coop of an evening (just don’t forget to lock them in, because foxes are quick to take advantage if you forget).
They will occasionally go off the lay, such as when the weather gets cold, but they go back on the lay again after a few weeks. If you have a good number of hens, you will always have eggs as they rarely all go off the lay at the same time (even if you only have two or three that are laying for a little while). We haven’t had much trouble with illnesses in our hens over the many years we’ve kept them.
ISA browns are easy to care for and provide an abundance of fresh eggs throughout the year. They are an animal we’ll be keeping around for many years to come..
From JoHart Aug 12 2015 1:10AM
Eggs is the game and Isa Brown is the name
After a debate spanning 6 months I finally convinced my parents that purchasing a few chooks for the sole purpose of egg laying and environmental sustainability is a good idea.
In Australia we call this particular breed ISA Brown but I guess the racy name chosen for these chooks elsewhere is the Brown Sex-Link Chicken (ooh la la).
I will first start by saying that if you are looking at purchasing hens for the sake of breeding, they are PERFECT.
On a good week, these chooks can lay up to 6 eggs a week each.
Their laying ability all really depends on mood, season and surroundings. Let your chickens free range during the day and lock them up at night for their safety and well being. You would be surprised to know that foxes are also not that uncommon in dense populations!
A good chicken coupe is also necessary. This will be the place where your hens breed, eat and sleep at night. We only had a small one to begin with but eventually got larger ones as we increased the quantity of chooks. Chicken coupes don't have to be expensive. I have attached of an example of one we purchased from a local supplier. You could easily just build your own.
These chooks are robust eaters. They will give anything a go. From kitchen scraps, to bread and pizza - they love it all! If you are going to feed them any of these, I would highly recommend that you leave these out first thing in the morning. This will ensure they are consumed by your chooks before night falls. This will ensure rodents and other predators are kept well away (and believe me we have learned the hard way before).
Another tip I can provide is that if you decide to buy this breed is that you should aim to buy them young but more importantly buy them during the spring and summer months. They tend to start laying more eggs in warmer months so it's important to get this right from the start or you may be waiting a while.
As far as grooming and well being, you should try and make sure there is a dirt patch somewhere. The birds love to have baths in dirt (its actually quite funny to watch).
You should also try and provide them with worming tablets at least every 3 months.
Quality chicken stockfeed will ensure they keep producing eggs that are tasty. Stockfeed has many nutritional benefits that will actually promote the egg laying process even further.
In summary, they are really easy to look after. They are the only environmentally sustainable pet that you will need in your backyard..
From George_M Apr 12 2013 7:18PM